The 1.8S comes standard with the manual transmission, but a CVT automatic transmission is optional. It gets upgrades like cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front seat armrests, Bluetooth and an audio system with six speaker and iPod integratin. The top-trim 1.8SL adds the CVT automatic transmission as standard, along with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, keyless entry and start and map lights.
The Kia Soul is similarly shaped and has similar power, but doesn't have as much space inside. The Scion xB is priced about the same and also has a boxy shape, but a cheap feeling interior and complicated audio controls. The Honda Fit is more of a traditional subcompact hatchback and is better to drive and just as flexible inside, but it lacks the Cube's sophisticated optional features. And the Mini Cooper Countryman is also fun to look at, more fun to drive but can be much more expensive.
So the Cube maintains a unique role in the automotive landscape for people who want to drive around in a boxy car that also benefits from a spacious interior and impressive people-hauling capability for something that doesn't take up much space on the road. Base cars are rather well-equipped and the top-of-the-line SL is available with decidedly advanced features. If you're into the looks, give the Cube a test drive.